As your furnace starts up and prepares to add warmth to your home, it’s normal for it to produce some noise. These sounds, including the burners firing up and the blower running, are all part of the normal start-up process.
But there are a few approaches you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Book Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps defend you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our pros discover little troubles that might make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you sidestep a meltdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can decrease your chance of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace issues go unnoticed, they may cause an issue later on. By discovering these problems sooner, our techs can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is at its peak.
And, most essential, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your energy expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume extra gas and make it wear out more quickly.
Our advice for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to replace your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC When Your Furnace is Creating Odd Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, can make more noise than others. But if you’re detecting extremely loud or odd noises, it may be time to contact a heating and cooling company like Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC for furnace repair in Hamilton.
Here are a few noises to be on the lookout for, how to solve them and when to call a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they emit fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing troubles discharging this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need pro help for this trouble, since it can be caused by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a positive sign when your furnace is making a banging sound. It can mean a couple of things.
Haven’t had maintenance done lately and your furnace is producing a banging sound when starting? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which results in gas accumulating in your furnace.
All that increased gas can make a banging or booming sound when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, since the increased gas is igniting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten yearly service for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC a ring at 513-268-5164. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s working properly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace turns on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first looking at your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s filthy. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents sealed in your home, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these methods repair the sound, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a skilled HVAC technician.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s an electrical issue. This is most often seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will create an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It could also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need help from a professional heating and cooling company like Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal piece is dying. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a sign that your burners are dirty.
These problems are usually caught during regular maintenance done by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your house performing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about booking your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be created by troubles: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition problems. All these troubles require skilled assistance.
At Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC, our professionals are here to help you unwind in quiet, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing odd sounds, contact us at 513-268-5164 to schedule an appointment now.